BIG Sale Energy Efficiency Grants

The BIG Sale Energy Efficiency Grant was created in 2007 after community partners expressed an interest but lack of funds to improve the energy efficiency of their facility and organization. The mission of this grant is twofold; it’s designed to provide support for the Don’t Throw it Away program that feeds The BIG Sale at the university as well provide financial assistance for energy efficiency initiatives resulting in long term savings for community partners.

  • Energy efficiency is a way of managing and restraining the growth in energy consumption. Something is more energy efficient if it delivers more services for the same energy input, or the same services for less energy input. For example, when a compact florescent light (CFL) bulb uses less energy than an incandescent bulb to produce the same amount of light, the CFL is considered to be more energy efficient.
  • Energy efficiency is not energy conservation. Energy conservation is reducing or going without a service to save energy. For example: Turning off a light is energy conservation. Replacing an incandescent lamp with a compact fluorescent lamp (which uses much less energy to produce the same amount of light) is energy efficiency.

The application for the 2018 grant cycle is closed, check back next January to apply for 2019! Contact the ACT Office at 828-262-2545 for more information.

Learn more about past BIG Sale grant recipients and their energy efficient projects here.

Photo: The Hospitality House with its solar panels that were funded by ACT's Big Sale Energy Efficiency Grant and Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation


From left to right: Karson Collins & Rebecca Burwell (impACT co-chairs 2013-2014), Lynn Mason (Executive Director of Hospitality House), Kate Johnson (ACT Associate Director), Jordan Duke (Facilities Manager of Hospitality House), Back: Todd Carter (Development Director for Hospitality House)